Level 4 Mechanical Engineering HNC – Full Online Distance Learning Course

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This course has been designed for individuals who are already working as Mechanical Engineers, as well as those who wish to seek employment in Engineering.

BTEC HNCs are well-recognised and sought-after qualifications, both in academia and in industry.

Mechanical Engineering HNC Overview

An HNC is the first level of Higher Education (Level 4) and completion of this course will allow for progression on to an HND (Level 5) and potentially a Full Degree programme. In addition, completion of a Mechanical Engineering HNC provides evidence that you have developed the knowledge and skills required to perform a number of the duties of a Mechanical Engineer in industry.

Our Mechanical Engineering HNC programme offers full Online Delivery and Assessment. This is a Distance Learning offer, but not in the traditional sense. Our teaching materials consist of Bite-size video tutorials and interactive practice questions. In addition, our Assessments can be completed and assessed entirely Online.

Studying by Distance Learning can be challenging. When you complete your HNC with us, this will be a real testament to your self-motivation, organisational skills, persistence and perseverance. These are additional transferable skills and personality traits that are highly desirable in the Engineering sector.


Mechanical Engineering HNC Course Content

Mechanical Engineering HNC

A BTEC HNC in Mechanical Engineering is an 8-unit qualification, made up of a combination of core and specialist units. To view the specification provided by the awarding body, please click the BTEC Edexcel image.

The Engineers Academy® BTEC HNC in Mechanical Engineering consists of the following units (specialist units subject to change):

Core Engineering HNC Units:

  • Unit 1 – Engineering Design
  • Unit 2 – Engineering Maths
  • Unit 3 – Engineering Science
  • Unit 4 – Managing a Professional Engineering Project

Specialist Mechanical Engineering HNC Units:

  • Unit 8 – Mechanical Principles
  • Unit 9 – Materials, Properties and Testing
  • Unit 11 – Fluid Mechanics
  • Unit 13 – Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines

Entry Requirements for our HNC in Mechanical Engineering

Although the Awarding Body for the Mechanical Engineering HNC does not set formal entry requirements, it is the responsibility of the centre delivering the qualification to ensure that students have a reasonable expectation of success on the programme.

Individuals from a range of backgrounds express an interest in Mechanical Engineering programmes. Some have academic qualifications and no formal experience, whilst others have worked as Engineers for many years, but do not have relevant academic qualifications.

In addition, studying via Distance Learning, particularly Online, can be vastly different from studying in a traditional manner.

For these reasons, we ask all applicants to complete relevant Bridging Courses prior to enrolment. These Bridging Courses are intended to enable the development of the analytical skills required for Higher Education programmes in Engineering. In addition, participation and completion of these Bridging Courses provides some assurance that students enrolling on to our HNC programmes are willing and able to engage with the course materials and the Study Platform.

To enrol on to our Mechanical Engineering HNC you should complete the following 2 Bridging Courses:

These can be ordered as a discounted bundle below:

Upon completion, you will receive certificates for the above Bridging Courses, which will entitle you to enrol on to our Mechanical Engineering HNC Programme.

Additional Programme Study Requirements

You will be provided with full, unlimited access to the Engineers Academy Study Platform for the duration of your chosen HNC programme. In order to access the Study Platform, you will need an Internet connection and Internet access. In addition, you will need to have access to the following:

  • A scientific calculator (Casio FX83GT or equivalent)
  • A Laptop or Desktop Computer (for some activities a mobile device may not suffice)
  • Microsoft Office 365 / LibreOffice software (or equivalent)

Note: You may also be required to register for additional subject specific software, but wherever possible, we will recommend software that offers free trials and / or student licenses.

3 reviews for Level 4 Mechanical Engineering HNC – Full Online Distance Learning Course

  1. Fraser McColl

    I started my HNC with the engineers academy in April 2020. Having not been in any sort of academic setting for years I was very apprehensive but I needed this qualification for a promotion. The support given by Andy throughout was fantastic. It took me a while to figure out the best way to handle the course. I found taking my time and writing as much info from the videos down as possible and using any incorrect practice questions to better understand where I went wrong.
    Andy was great at explaining and guiding me through anything I didn’t understand without just giving the answer.

    The main aim for me was speed, as such I put as much spare time as I could into the course. Some weeks, I had over 20 hours study time. I slowed down towards the last 2-3 units but still managed to achieve a merit overall in just 9 months. For this reason alone I would highly recommend the course. You really do get out what you put in.

    Overall the course is great. I did come across a couple of errors within the course but Andy quickly rectified these after I brought them to his attention. The layout of the course is spot on. At first it seems a little daunting, I struggled through the bridging course using just the videos to attempt the coursework. Once you figure out the best way to make the study material work for you, you can make progress very quickly whilst still learning a lot. I particularly enjoyed the use of renewable energy examples and scenarios. As this is becoming more and more relevant in todays world.

    I would highly recommend Engineers academy to anyone thinking of undertaking distance learning.

  2. Graham Mills

    I began considering an HNC in mid-2018. Some research turned up six or so options for a Mechanical Engineering HNC by Distance Learning, the DL part being essential for someone with no option for full-time study. But almost all of them said, in a nutshell, “Yes you can study with us, but first you need all these other qualifications, which will take years to achieve on their own.” The Engineer’s Academy (EA) was the only option that took a sensible approach to course prerequisites. Completing the two bridging courses was all that was needed. I have reviewed those courses separately and hold them both in high regard.

    This HNC is structured in much the same way as the bridging courses, with each topic covered thoroughly and blending neatly into the next part, where applicable. Each step is manageable, with just the right degree of challenge, which is a hard balance to find: ask too little and people won’t feel like they’ve achieved anything; ask too much and they’ll get despondent with the whole process. In both the practice questions and the graded assessments, EA provides students with just the right level of challenge. It is important for students to understand the elements covered in the lessons, but also to be pushed to expand upon their understanding using their own initiative.

    I like to refer back to a school Maths class as a juxtaposition to my experiences with EA. Back at school I had a teacher who would put a sheet on the overhead projector, say to us “Copy this!” and then sit reading her book while we frantically scribbled down a bunch of stuff we didn’t understand. This and other experiences put me off education almost entirely, whereas EA has opened up a whole new way to learn and helped me to bury the anxiety I had about returning to education. The lessons never take steps that are too large to follow; every single bit is explained and perfected through practice. It’s a truly refreshing experience and I’d recommend anyone hesitant of returning to education (as I was) to dive in and see how you get on. It’s changed my perception of my own potential.

    Topics covered include materials and their properties, mechanical principles such as how forces are applied to components and how to calculate the affects of these forces, fluid dynamics, plus the Maths and Science aspects of all of it. Want to know why heating steel can change its strength? Or how to calculate the force needed to drag an object up a gradient? Or how much cross-sectional area a support structure needs? These sorts of considerations are all around us, from the thickness of chair legs to the number of cables needed for an elevator, and it’s been immensely beneficial to learn how it all works.

    Looking back to those early days of research just one year ago, it’s hard to believe that I’m now several units towards an HNC qualification. Without Andy and his work on this excellent platform, I wouldn’t be here and I’d still be going nowhere in life.

  3. Philip Gowers

    Having already completed the first few subjects of the Mechanical Engineering BTEC HNC with Engineers Academy, I have only positive words about the structure of the course, the content, and online portal in which it is run.

    The content is aimed directly at gaining key knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts, and applying it to real world engineering problems in the course assignments / assessments.

    I look forward to my continuing study, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is contemplating studying an Engineering HNC.

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